Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It was foggy earlier.  I noticed the flock of wild turkeys in front of our house pecking the ground.  The sight of the fog and about 15 large birds was something to see, the way to start the day.  At the swinging bridge the water was up quite a bit from what I saw yesterday morning.  It was a little off color.  We must have had quite a bit of rain in the mountains yesterday and last night.  We only got a quarter of an inch at the shop.  The airport got nothing.  During the night the river peaked at over 400 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Right now the flow is 176 cfs.  Median flow for this date is 119 cfs.  The water temperature this morning was 72 degrees, down from 76 yesterday.

It is going to be much cooler.  The high today should be around 84 degrees.  Some forecasters say we won’t see 90 degrees again over the next 10 days.  That is great news.  And, it is going to rain too, often.  We have a 60% chance today and 50% tomorrow.  We have good chance on Thursday.  Starting on Sunday we should see the night temperatures drop into the 60’s.  In the mountains, high up, the lows may be in the 50’s.  That means fishing will improve.  Comfort for anglers will improve as well.

With higher, more turbid water you chances of catching larger browns will increase.  Lower water temperature will help fishing in all elevations.  I would still go up fairly high into the mountains to find cooler water.  But, if this keeps up we’ll have better fishing down low.

What flies to use?  That depends.  If you get on the stream early and on larger water tie on something dark and large.  A Slumpbuster has been a popular choice for those looking to tie into a large brown.  Use that when the water is higher and more turbid.  Nymphs fished without or with an indicator should be good.  We will most likely get rain today so the levels of the streams in the Smokies will fluctuate and may become more turbid.  At that point I would not use a dry fly.  If the water is clear I would, probably try a small Yellow Stimulator or beetle pattern.  A Green Weenie would be a good choice either fished deeper with a piece of split shot to get it down or as a dropper off a dry fly.

I’m looking forward to cooler water temperatures in the rivers and lakes.  I have found the lake fishing to be slow lately.  With a fly rod I like to fish the surface or maybe a few feet down.  I just don’t enjoy using a sinking line.  I like to see the fish take the fly.  As a result fishing for me is slow when the water is extremely warm like it has been in the lakes. 

Our cat Dubbing has been stealing my flies from the fly tying bench at home.  He has a little camping tent in the great room.  Paula found a black Stealth Bomber in the tent.  She has found other flies scattered around the house.  He is a clever animal and he knows how to handle flies, he’s been doing it all his life.  Dubbing’s childhood was spent here in the fly shop.  He has jumped up on the fly bins many times and scooped flies out and thrown them on the floor.  He never gets stuck.  We moved him home a couple of years ago.  He has not lost his fondness of feathered flies.

I’ll give you an example of how intelligent this cat is.  While he was living at the shop he liked jumping into customer’s cars.  On one occasion he found a Jeep Wrangler with the back canvas open.  He jumped in.  We know that because it was winter and he disappeared when this customer left to go fishing in the Park.  There were very few customers in the shop that day. We don’t know for sure where the customer parked to fish.  Dubbing hasn’t said.  But, it took him 4 days to get back to the shop.  He followed Little River to Townsend crossing several bridges.  When he got here he slept for a couple of days.

One day a customer (I think it was Stan) pulled out of the parking lot to go fishing.  Somehow Dubbing was on the roof of his jeep and he didn’t know it.  People in cars were honking their horns to make Stan aware of the animal hanging on for dear life.  He stopped and looked.  There was Dubbing.  He brought him back.

I was talking to the Cable Company yesterday.  I bought a package that included high speed internet, phone service and cable TV.  The cost was $114 including taxes.  It was a special package deal.  The introductory offer expired and the price jumped to $165.  I called yesterday to cancel all the stuff in the package we don’t use like HBO and some other things.  I reminded the cable guy that we don’t use Pay for View and if we get a charge for that it would be our cat who is watching the shows.  Evidently we would have to pay for the use, even if it was our cat opting for the service.  We decided I should keep the cable controller away from Dubbing.  I’m closing the door to the fishing room when I’m not there from now on.

Once and only once, Dubbing was using the computer in the shipping room.  We don’t know what he did, but using some key strokes he changed the view on the monitor to upside down.  We couldn’t get it to change to a viewable position.  We had to call our service technician to make a service call.  He couldn’t understand how Dubbing did it.  Dubbing refused to let us know.  The technician finally fixed the problem.

This is one smart animal.

Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.

Byron Begley
August 17, 2010 

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